Brickhouse Cardio Club is a rapidly expanding chain of women-centered fitness facilities, each with a welcoming atmosphere of comfort and support. Brickhouse shakes up the standard exercise experience with fun workouts that torch calories and send stress packing. Instructors make a personal investment in students, reviewing their health histories and setting reachable fitness goals in one-on-one sessions.
Classes run like clockwork and the floors are specially designed to be easy on the joints. Most important, the sound system rocks, adding extra energy to an array of dance-oriented classes. In addition to Zumba, Brickhouse offers unique exercise hybrids such as PiYo (Pilates and yoga), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet).
Motivated by peer power and the intense instruction of an expert trainer, students shape up with a series of high-impact routines. A mixture of running drills, plyometrics, strength training, and fitness games keeps the program from getting dull. Borrowing from the techniques of firemen, Valeo stresses the benefits of teamwork and group participation. Groups meet at the Lakewood Middle School, Thomas Stoll Park, or Barry Platte Park. View a schedule for upcoming programs here.
At iRISE Performance, no two workouts ever have to be identical. Bootcamps and group classes spice up routines to add a social element to exercise, and rows of cardio equipment and weights allow individuals to progress at their own pace. But then the gym branches out beyond the expected. Two high-school-regulation basketball courts and one college-regulation court prompt pickup games before players step up to three powerlifting platforms to test their resolve. And anyone seeking to infuse their routine with functional-fitness moves can have a heyday in the turf room, where sleds, sandbags, a battling rope, and TRX equipment engage the core.
iRise Performance steps outside the gym too for a more holistic look at well-being. A fully functioning kitchen hosts cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes to help clients rethink their diet. And iRise also keeps exercisers from making up excuses or forging doctors notes for their trainers by giving them something precious: time. An onsite childcare room watches tots while parents and guardians blast their bodies in the gym.
Equipment: _ We have free weights, as well as a variety of cardio and weight equipment._
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our facility is on located on Maple Woods Community College campus, and we offer an educated staff that can help a person work on their individual fitness goals at their level. Our goal is to help everyone feel comfortable joining our facility. We offer individual exercise programs, personal training, nutrition counseling, and a variety of free group classes that people of any fitness level can attend.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
The biggest mistake I think people make is they don't have a plan. They would like to get into shape, better their health, and lose weight, but they don't have a plan. Most people have great intentions and know what to do but may need additional help and guidance to help reach their goals.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
The staff at Maple Woods Fitness Center believe in overall health—not just what someone looks like on the outside. A healthy body is a strong and fit body. We focus on your fitness goals but also recognize that a health is very important that is why we focus on nutrition as well as provide a well rounded exercise program to help meet your goals. Our full time instructors have bachelors degrees in fitness and wellness, and both have certifications in exercise nutrition.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The Maple Woods Fitness facility is predominately used by the public as well as MCC students and offers a variety of memberships. We are located on the second floor of the Northland Human Service Building and are surrounded by windows so you never feel like you are working out in a dungeon. To tour our facility, simply stop by during our hours of operation and we will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
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